Is Alice Springs becoming a fly-in, fly-out centre? Statistics say it looks like it.
A growing number of people working or spending time here do not call Alice home. Only 71 "family type" three bedroom homes were built between 2006 and 2011, whereas a much greater number of flats, units and apartments were constructed.
However the FIFO workers aren't engaged in the lucrative mining industry, but most likely in the public service, in government initiatives such as the NT Emergency Response and Closing The Gap, says Dr Andrew Taylor, Senior Research Fellow, Demography and Growth Planning, of the Northern Institute, commenting on the five year Australian census results just released.
Photo: On present trends, when kids pictured above in the 2010 Bangtail Muster reach their teens, their town won't be much bigger, the racial composition will be much the same, they will head interstate to do their tertiary education, the population will be older and a booming tourism industry in The Centre will be the fond memory recalled in a Skype chat with their grandparents.